Behind The Monsters: New Original Docu-Series Takes A Deep Dive On Cinematic Horror Icons

by Outsiders
August 17, 2021
Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streamer for horror, thriller, and the supernatural, announced today the new original docu-series Behind the Monsters, which takes a deep dive into cinematic horror icons. Each of the series’ six episodes will focus on a single horror character, including Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Candyman, Chucky, and Pinhead, and feature interviews with horror experts and the writers, directors, and actors from the original films that made each character the stuff of genre legends. Written and directed by Gabrielle Binkley and Anthony Uro and produced by Stage 3 Productions, Behind the Monsters debuts on Shudder on Tuesday, October 26 with episodes rolling out weekly.

“In the history of film, only a handful of stars and characters like Mickey Mouse or Marilyn Monroe have risen to the heights of fame to become instantly recognizable the world over. Yet somehow, a small group of monsters who got their start in low-budget horror movies has transcended their humble beginnings to become international pop culture icons. Behind the Monsters will tell the story of their unlikely rise to fame, from the ideas that inspired them to the indelible mark they’ve left on the world,” said Craig Engler, Shudder’s general manager.

Behind the Monsters will focus on the following horror icons over six episodes:

CANDYMAN, featuring interviews with the original Candyman (1992) Director Bernard Rose and stars Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen; Candyman (2021) Director Nia DaCosta; and Horror Noire’s Tananarive Due, among others.
CHUCKY, with interviews with Child’s Play (1988) Creator/Writer Don Mancini, Director Tom Holland, and star Catherine Hicks, along with the voice of Chucky, Brad Dourif, among others.
JASON Voorhees, including interviews with Kane Hodder, actor/stuntman from Friday the 13th Parts VII & VIII, Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X, and Tom Savini, special effects creator on Friday the 13th Parts I & IV, among others.
MICHAEL MYERS, featuring interviews with actor Nick Castle from Halloween and the new Halloween films from Blumhouse, as well as Halloween (2018) stunt actor James Jude Courtney, among others.
FREDDY KRUEGER, including interviews with A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) stars Heather Langenkamp and Lin Shaye, as well as Special Effects Designer Jim Doyle, among others.
PINHEAD, including an interview with Hellraiser actor Doug Bradley and others.

Other experts from the within genre set to appear throughout the series include Drac & Swan Boulet (The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula), Horror Noire documentary writer and producer Ashlee Blackwell, The Last Podcast on the Left hosts Ben Kissel and Henry Zebrowski, Blumhouse producer Ryan Turek and filmmakers Jeffrey Reddick (Final Destination), April Wolfe (Black Christmas, 2019), David Bruckner (Hellraiser reboot), and filmmaker and drag artist Peaches Christ.

Behind the Monsters is executive produced by Phil Nobile Jr., Kelly Ryan, and Mark Shostrom.


Last 10 comments - ( Read All Posts )
LordVenger - 2021-08-20 @ 5:27 am
On 8/18/2021 at 6:29 PM, Outsiders said:

I know horror genres and I've seen horror movies but I was asking what you meant by the title, that's all?

You know,its stupid and misleading. Lol. Maybe its the docu that got him.

Outsiders - 2021-08-18 @ 11:29 pm
20 hours ago, Toysick said:

I cant explain horror genres to you.

Either you know em or you dont.

I know horror genres and I've seen horror movies but I was asking what you meant by the title, that's all?

memocromatico - 2021-08-18 @ 4:30 am
1 hour ago, Toysick said:

I cant explain horror genres to you.

Either you know em or you dont.

Well, thats pretty snob. I dont know horror genres but I am curious about the documentaries because Im all about BTS and concept creation. It would be great if you could share your knowledge on the subject.

Outsiders - 2021-08-17 @ 10:49 pm
1 hour ago, Toysick said:

Another stupid, misleading, name for an otherwise oksounding documentary series.

I'm curious... How is it another stupid, misleading name?

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